How many actors in Hollywood have successfully done what Childish Gambino (real name Donald Glover) has done in their careers?
Don’t get me wrong…Hollywood is full of actors that dedicate themselves to several crafts outside of acting; however, none of them have had a strong cultural impact like Glover and his stage persona, Childish Gambino.
This past weekend, Gambino performed at The Governor’s Ball Music Festival, in which he made the announcement that Governor’s Ball is the only show he’s doing this year. Although that was a mildly exciting statement from ‘Bino, he saved the big announcement for the end of his show.
Naturally at one of the summer’s biggest music fests, Gambino played “Redbone” for the audience. However, it was the way he lead himself into the song that was dope in my opinion. He used the “What ‘Redbone’ would sound like…” meme to incorporate the song into his setlist.
After finishing his setlist, he used the final moments of his time to tell the audience, “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album” which lead several audience members to scream “What!?” in disbelief.
For all things considered, it’s no huge surprise Donald is stepping away from making music. From being cast in major Hollywood productions such as the Lion King live-action remake and as a young Lando Calrissian in a Hans Solo Star Wars, and being all hands on-deck with FX’s Atlanta AND being a father sometime last year—music should take a backseat for him.
To be honest, I’d be content with just one final Gambino album–only if it’s done right!